The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the 1.5-year-old buck, harvested last month in Sidney Township (Montcalm County), was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. People who hunt in states with CWD who harvest deer, elk or moose are only allowed to bring back parts without spinal cord or brain tissue.
Chad Stewart, a DNR deer specialist says that they can not stress enough how important it is to check your deer, both in the core areas and areas that surround them.
ODFW and OSP discovered that prohibited parts containing neurological tissue had been brought into OR and had been disposed of in the local area following butchering. ODFW and OSP said they immediately retrieved these deer parts for safe disposal. However, some parts of the deer also went to a landfill. ODFW said it was unable to locate and retrieve these parts, as too much time had passed since their disposal.
A deer infected with CWD.
After an investigation, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Troopers criminally cited the relative for Unlawful Import of Cervid Parts from a CWD State. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. It's untreatable and always fatal. There is no cure for the disease, and once an animal is infected it will eventually die. OR has had a parts ban in place for 15 years due to the fact that the prions that cause CWD can also last a long time in the environment, infecting new animals for decades.
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This marks the 11th confirmed case of CWD in MI. "So we want to do all we can to keep Oregon CWD-free". The disease has never been detected in a captive or free-ranging deer, elk or moose in Oregon.
Some deer can be sick for years without showing symptoms.
DNR Deer Specialist Chad Stewart is thanking the hunters for checking their deer adding, "Hunter assistance is critical in the ongoing fight against the spread of CWD".
To get an animal CWD tested, hunters will need to bring in the animal's head, which should be kept cool prior to sampling if possible.
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